The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to leave babies in sleep positioners unattended due to a risk of suffocation, which could lead to death.
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What’s the Problem?
October 3, 2017 – The FDA said in a Safety Alert issued Tuesday that it has received reports of babies who died from suffocation after being left unattended in sleep positioners. In most cases, the children suffocated after rolling from their sides to their stomachs, the agency said. 
Each year, about 4,000 babies die unexpectedly while sleeping as a result of accidental suffocation, SIDS, or unknown causes, according to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development study from 2021. 
Similarly, sleep surfaces that elevate both the baby’s head and feet, like a hammock, also increase the risk for positional asphyxia. Sitting with the head down and the chin on or near the chest could block the baby’s airway and cause suffocation. Stated National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
In addition to the deaths linked to infant sleep positioners, the CDCP has also received information about babies who were placed on their backs or sides in the positioners but were later found in other, dangerous positions within or next to the devices, as stated in their 2012 research. 
To reduce the risk of sleep-related accidental deaths of children, the FDA recommends that parents and caregivers take the following precautions when putting their baby to bed:
- NEVER use infant sleep positioners. Using this type of product to hold an infant on his or her side or back is dangerous.
- NEVER put pillows, blankets, loose sheets, comforters, or quilts under a baby or in a crib. These products also can be dangerous. Babies don’t need pillows and adequate clothing—instead of blankets—can keep them warm.
- ALWAYS keep cribs and sleeping areas bare. That means you should also never put soft objects or toys in sleeping areas.
- ALWAYS place a baby on his or her back at night and during nap time. An easy way to remember this is to follow the ABCs of safe sleep: “Alone on the Back in a Bare Crib.”
In 2012, 27.4% of moms used positioners in the cribs of their infants. The 2015 data shows that percentage dropping from 27.4% to just 15.6% of parents using positioners. This tells us that parents are being educated about the dangers of positioners and that there is still more work to be done to address the 15.6% of babies who still sleep in them.
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